Carlton Bragg: Five-Star Prospect Will Sign With Kansas Jayhawks [Video]


Carlton Bragg, a five-star prospect power forward, announced on Thursday he will be playing for Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks next season. Bragg will join what is sure to be a deep, talented, experienced roster.

KUSports.com reported the decision this afternoon.

"Carlton Bragg, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound senior basketball power forward from Villa Angela St. Joseph High in Cleveland, who is ranked No. 14 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, today orally committed to play basketball at Kansas University.Bragg chose KU over Kentucky and Illinois. Earlier, he’d also considered Arizona, UCLA and others."

It is always nice to win recruiting battles over the likes of Kentucky, Arizona, and UCLA, not to mention Illinois. With those schools in the final running, Bragg should be a solid addition for the Jayhawks.

So, what kind of player will Kansas be getting? As mentioned a few days ago, ESPN has Bragg listed as a five-star prospect, and the 18th best recruit overall, and the 6th best power forward.

Rivals.com has Carlton Bragg listed as the 14th best recruit in the nation. Eric Bossi of Rivals mentions Bragg’s range and explosiveness in his scouting report.

"A high flyer around the rim who can run and is very explosive in transition. Has good touch and legitimate range to the three point line. Can beat other bigs to the rim off the dribble and is a more than adequate rebounder. Needs strength and has to be careful not to settle for jump shots."

Bragg looks like he might be a nice compliment to the big men Kansas should have returning next season. The Jayhawks have no senior scholarship players on their roster, and no one has emerged as ready to declare for the NBA Draft early.

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The Jayhawks’ current depth, including Perry Ellis, Jamari Traylor, and Cliff Alexander, should take pressure off of Bragg in that he won’t have to be a star right from the start. He should have plenty of time to develop at his own pace, and get stronger, as Bossi indicated in his report.

The Jayhawks also have Landen Lucas and Hunter Mickelson on the roster, but both of those players appear to just be insurance at this point. Bragg looks like he might be a player who can offer match-up issues for the opposition.

If he can step out and make some threes, and can create some offense on his own off the dribble, he could be effective in a high/low set. If he can get stronger, and improve as a rebounder, in addition to his other skills, he may just have the makings of another Kansas Jayhawks basketball star.

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